Associate Professor Tony Arnold is a featured guest artist at the 43rd annual (and first virtual) Festival of New American Music (FeNAM), hosted by Sacramento State University from November 1–8. In addition to leading a workshop for composers, giving a vocal master class, adjudicating the CSUS composition competition, and participating in a panel discussion on Music & Language, Arnold will be presented in a solo recital exploring themes of distance, isolation, and transformation as expressed through music of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Chaya Czernowin, Luciano Berio, and Kaija Saariaho. Audio and video engineering for the recital was done by David Sexton (BM ’19, Voice; BM ’20, Recording Arts). All FeNAM events are online and free. Arnold’s recital will be live-streamed on Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 pm EST at www.csus.edu/fenam, and will be available for streaming on-demand through November 8.
Catrin Davies (BM ’03, Voice) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Concert Opera where she will serve a renewable three-year term.
Three Peabody musicians are finalists in the World Bach Competition sponsored by the Boulder Bach Festival – Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) in the Professional Vocalist category, Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) in the Professional Instrumentalist Category, and junior Teresa Deskur, a French horn and music education student who plays recorder, in the Student Instrumentalist Category. The competition features 273 musicians from 239 countries.
Elizabeth Sarian (BM ’17, GPD ’18, Voice) is working with the Atlanta Opera recording ‘singing telegrams’ for health care workers, hospital patients, and seniors. Sarian was featured in a video and article on CNN for her work.
Senior Mofan Lai has been named one of two recipients of the 2020 Johns Hopkins University President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award established in 1989 by former Johns Hopkins President Steven Muller to honor a graduating senior who has contributed extensively to the arts by service to the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities.